Night Sweats: Bautista’s Case of The Yips Ruins Braves’ First 5 Tickets

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The Highlights

  • The Braves were up 4-1 on the Marlins in the fifth inning. So you can’t blame Atlanta first-five bettors for counting their chickens.
  • But some ill-timed wildness from pitcher Mike Soroka and a bad error from Jose Bautista brought out the Moose.

With two outs and a 1-2 count on Martin Prado — up 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth — Braves first-five-innings bettors needed just one more strike to cash their tickets (and commence their Saturday evening celebrations).

However, that would be as close as Atlanta F5 bettors would get, as the Marlins sparked a two-out rally and came all the way back to take the lead in the home half of the fifth.

Prado got the party started, muscling Soroka’s 1-2 offering to right field to extend the inning. Next up, Starlin Castro, and again Soroka is in the driver’s seat, working the count to 1-2. This time, it’s an infield single (a seeing-eye dog that wiggled just in between third baseman Jose Bautista and shortstop Johan Camargo).

And now, with two on and two out, the tying run steps up to the plate — the power-hitting Justin Bour — and sweat starts to trickle down the brow of Braves F5 ticket holders. But Soroka wanted no part of the “Wild Bour,” walking him on five pitches and instead opting to take his chances with Brian Anderson.

And that seemed to be a good idea. Soroka got Anderson to roll an apparently harmless looking ground ball to Bautista (pictured above) — which the former outfielder utterly booted, allowing a run to score and keep things moving for the Marlins.


And that error would prove to be a costly one for the Braves — and Braves F5 bettors.

Yup, the very next hitter, Derek Dietrich, would stick the fork in this F5 bet — clearing the bases with a three-RBI double off the left-center field wall to put the Fish up 5-4 and toast Braves F5 tickets in the process.

Of course, the Braves would equalize in the top half of the sixth  — wait for it, off the bat of none other than BAUTISTA — just to rub a little salt in the wound of F5 bettors — because, betting …

Shake it off. Buy another round at the bar. Chase it down with a 10 p.m. game.

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